Monday, May 28, 2012

Tennessee Trip 2012

Like last year, we traveled down to visit family in Tennessee for a long weekend.  Mom, Brooke and Raife joined us this year.  My aunt Peggy also came with her friend, Linda, from Texas.  We had so much fun and made so many good memories.  Family was always so important when I was growing up and I want to instill the same value in my children.  What's better than 3 generations enjoying each other's company?

 And this is why it's worth loading 2 babies, 2 preschoolers and 4 adults up in a minivan to make an 8 hour journey through 3 states....
 And this...
 And this...
 And this...
Thanks, Delbert and Phyllis for a great visit.  Hope to see you soon in Indiana, but if not, we'll be back down to Tennessee next year!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

End of the Year Dance Performance

Magnolia showed off her skills at her last class of the year.  Everyone came out to watch her do her ballet.  Hopefully she is learning to be graceful...with Dan for a dad, she needs all the help she can get!  We will take a break for the summer and in the fall Boothe will join her for dance class once a week.  She is so excited and has been waiting patiently through 3 semesters to be old enough to take classes (3 years).

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Life These Days

These pictures were taken over that past month at our house.  We are transitioning from spring to summer and enjoying kiddie pool time and running in the sprinklers.  This past weekend we traveled to Tennessee to visit relatives (post to come soon).  Henry is growing and thriving.  He was 18 lbs. on the nose at his 4 month appointment.  He has left the newborn stage behind and has become a squeezy-cuddly baby recently.  The other day looking at how big he was I couldn't believe how fast time has gone since he was born and a tiny newborn.

 Magnolia finished up her first year of piano lessons this week.  She has done much better than I think Dan or I expected for being so young.  We will keep her practicing a couple times a week over the summer so she can start right up in the fall where she left off.  We are hoping to take a break from piano and dance and do swimming and tennis lessons this summer.
 I'm usually the one with the camera so I love the rare shot of me with the kids.
 Henry is a strong little brute!  He does pushups just for fun!  I took these pictures on 5/23, his 5 month birthday.  Let's take bets on when he starts crawling.  I say WAY before my girls did.

 We have already planted and harvested a bunch of spinach and radishes from the garden.  I wish I had much more space to plant spinach again and again all summer.  It was absolutely delicious.  We turned over the garden a couple days ago and planted all of our carrots and peas.  We have a small place left that we are still debating what to plant.  We are planning to attempt potatoes this year too.  Mom and Dad got their big garden mostly planted and we are hoping for tomatoes galore.  Planning on lots of canning in the next couple months!

Friday, May 25, 2012

April Cousins

The monthly cousins pictures are getting better now that Henry can sit up with some support.  Here are the boys at the end of April.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Outdoor Activities 2

Perhaps one of the girls' favorite things to do it cut with scissors.  They will seriously make confetti out of a sheet of paper in 3 minutes.  Their toy room looks New Years Day every day.  A couple of skeins of yarn and scissors and they were happy as clams.  We filled a suet bird feeder with yarn pieces for the birds to build their nests.  We hung it from a bush and it has seemed to attract birds from all over the city!  We have 3 nests in our backyard and 1 that we found on the ground.  Hope we get some babies to peek at this summer!